An interview with social psychologist and author, Susan Newman about the stigma and misinformation about only children. She describes studies that not only show that only children do not suffer from the lack of siblings but show improved academic achievement. She reports that the stereotypes of being spoiled, bossy and lonely do not hold up to research and that only children families are the fastest growing type of family in the US and in many parts of the western world, approaching a quarter of all families. She describes the factors that lead parents to have one child including wanting to give the child the best of their limited resources and time, wanting to avoid favoritism and rivalry, marriage and child-bearing happening later in life, secondary infertility, and the economy. Her books are Parenting Your Only Child, and The Case for the Only Child: Your essential Guide.
An interview with Richard Schwartz, developer of Internal Family Systems Therapy, about his decision to get divorced and the process of healing that followed. [Read more…]
An interview with couples therapist and workshop leader Dr. Mona Barbera about the legacy of divorce. [Read more…]